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Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge Evades Response Over Bajrang Dal Row

Congress in its manifesto for Karnataka has said that it is committed to taking firm and decisive action against individuals and organisations such as the Bajrang Dal.

Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge
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Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday evaded response on the row over proposed ban on Bajrang Dal in the party’s Karnataka Assembly election manifesto.

The NDTV report quoting Kharge said:"Dr Parameshwara has already clarified. He was the chairman of the drafting committee. He has already replied yesterday, I don't want to reply”. 

“Once my party people have replied, I don't want to give my individual opinion," the report added Kharge as having said.

"Whatever Bommai is saying, he said... We are not obliged to reply to Bommai's queries or if he wants to say (anything), our people are there at state level, they will reply,” Kharge was quoted as having said.

Congress in its manifesto for Karnataka has said that it is committed to taking firm and decisive action against individuals and organisations such as the Bajrang Dal and the Popular Front of India (PFI), including banning them, for "spreading hatred" among communities over caste and religion, the report mentioned.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress, calling the party's ban promise an attempt to lock up the devotees of Lord Hanuman. 

Congress in its reaction said: "The prime minister is insulting our faith in Lord Hanuman. He should apologise to the country as he has hurt our religious sentiments. No one has given the prime minister the right to insult Bajrang Bali”.

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